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New York City settles Noel Polanco wrongful death lawsuit

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New York City has reached a settlement with the family of an unarmed National Guardsman killed by police during a Queens traffic stop.

Attorneys for Noel Polanco's family are scheduled to discuss the agreement Wednesday afternoon.

Polanco was shot during a 2012 traffic stop by emergency service unit detective Hassan Hamdy through an open passenger window because he believed Polanco was reaching under the seat.

The city will pay his mother $2.5 million.

The family's lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said in a statement "This is a fair settlement for damages for the wrongful death of a fine young soldier who should not have died the way he did."

A grand jury cleared Hamdy of criminal wrongdoing. The Brooklyn U.S. attorney's office also reviewed the incident and concluded the detective did not intentionally violate the victim's civil rights.

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